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tension in the middle east. this is cairo, egypt. this is the scene in tahrir square and almost nightfall. look at the crowd that has gathered after lawmakers approve a new constitution threatening to inflame already tense situation between the opposition and the heart-line government. steve hair gan streaming -- harrigan, streaming live in cairo, egypt the constitution already written. coming under sharp criticism. what do we know about it, steve? >> reporter: it is being criticized by opponents of this government. first of all people say it is a rush job. they basically pulled an all-nighter last night to write a constitution. 16 hours of debate. finally getting it through. there is real concerns about the role of islamic law in the new constitution. concerns about the protection of women's rights in this constitution. basically this is document written by the muslim brotherhood because all liberal members of this assembly walked out long ago, bill. bill: is there a chance that will diffuse the protests we have seen so far, steve? >> reporter: the hopes were on the president's side that
on that for you. >>> we are also following breaking news coming from egypt where tens of thousands of protesters are gathered now in cairo's tahrir square, reminiscent of the egyptian revolution nearly two years ago. now the protesters are denoun denouncing president morsi. in the draft constitution, his islamic allies approved earlier today. our chief foreign correspondent richard engel brings us. the chance of the regime echoing throughout the square, what exactly in the constitution are they so upset about? >> reporter: they are upset not only at the constitution, but also because president mohamed morsi, last week, gave himself extraordinary powers. he made all of his decision final and that they are not subject to any kind of judicial oversight. and then once he gave himself these extraordinary powers, he had his allies, a group of islamists, write a new constitution. imagine in the united states if a freshly minted president five months into his term suddenly came out and made an announcement, he said, by the way, the supreme court doesn't matter anymore. congress doesn't matter anymore, a
're watching developments in egypt, as well, where tens of thousands of protesters have been jamming cairo's tahrir square for hours now. they denouncing president morsi and that draft constitution his islamic allies approved early today. james maceda joining me live. it appears reminiscent of the scene two years ago. >> reporter: you're right. and i want to point out something that's just happened within the last couple of minutes. we've seen some exchanges of blows, some scuffling going on between what looks like mostly anti-morsi people who are here obviously, this is an opposition demonstration, and perhaps some infiltrated pro morsi people. it's hard to tell. but just down below us, there was some scuffling, some punching out, and using sticks. and suddenly the group were thrown by undercover security into a van and driven off. this all just happened a few moments ago. you're absolutely right that we get that feeling of two years ago here. you've got a massive crowd, by last estimate about 100,000 here tonight, packed into this square. it's of course ground zero 2011 resolution. and y
. now's the time to take action. call unitedhealthcare today. >>> got a live scene for you in egypt right now, and as has become obvious to many, that's what tahrir square looks like when thousands of people descend upon it in the nighttime. at this point live there are angry crowds who are angry about their president, mohammed morsi and the new constitution that just was passed in that country. they're upset about what they consider a massive grab for power by the president. >> unfortunately this decision is against what i was expecting from him completely, and i think it's against the benefit and the good for the people and the country. >> the new constitution went through after hours of haggling, and the draft is set to be presented to the president tomorrow. but it still needs to be approved by the people, and critics of the hasty nature of the vote say that this is an attempt by morsi's party, the muslim brotherhood, to hijack the constitution in that country. president morsi has promised egyptians that his decrees will go into effect just as soon as the new constitution is rat
: we are keeping a close eye on cairo, egypt, after they have drafted a constitution with lots of references to islamic sharia law. in cairo, tens of thousands protested, denouncing president mohammed morsi. in an all-night session of parliament dominated by islamic. opposition groups say that the document has a clear view towards sharia law. raising fears of state enforced islamic moral code. the draft is expected to be delivered to president morsi tomorrow. new controversy today over a pension crisis running the state of illinois. and whether american taxpayers and all the other states may soon have to put their bill. according to the pew research center, illinois has the most underfunded public pension system in the entire country. the funding ratio of just 45%. 45% funded. estimated $95 billion short of where they need to be to pay out the promised pension. a problem that pat quinn says needs to be fixed to find a solution. it is harder to come by. here is a video that we just released. the governor squeezing the pension python. >> sometimes they make smaller payments than
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